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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #110097: Exclamatives: 2
Let's go on studying exclamations ...The exclamatory sentences modifying a noun are a little more complicated and require some thinking. They are built with WHAT and SUCH:
1) Constructions with WHAT:
a) Countable nouns are preceded by the indefinite article : (Pay attention to the word order: in English, you shoud never reverse the subject/verb in exclamatory sentences).
- What a wonderful car your father has!
You may omit the subject and the verb too.
- What a marvel! (= What a marvel it is!)
In the plural, the noun obviously won't have an indefinite article!
- What fashionable swim suits you have, girls!
A few exceptions: a few uncountables are built with the indefinite article:
- What a pity ! What a shame !
- What a mess! Tidy up your room, immediately !
- What a nuisance ! We'll have to walk there!
2) Constructions with SUCH: corresponding to the noun to what SO is for the adjective.
Exceptions are the same as for WHAT.
- It's such a nice beach!
- They're such cute kids!
- It's such a pity!
- She has such a sense of humour!
The second step is reached... You can take the test, now! It will be easy, as, in a desire to go progressively, I will suggest only what was explained in the lesson. The mix of all the different possibilities will be for the following exercise!
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